Nicky Campbell’s old teacher and alleged abuser lives luxury life in gated community, report claims

Nicky Campbell’s former teacher who is accused of sex abuse lives a luxury life in gated community, report claims

  • The alleged abuser, 82, is said to live in a gated community in Cape Town 
  • Broadcaster Nicky Campbell, 61, revealed his alleged abuse as a child last week 
  • He called for the extradition of the former teacher known only as ‘Edgar’  

The teacher accused of being a paedophile who destroyed the childhood of broadcaster Nicky Campbell is reportedly living an idyllic life in a gated community in South Africa.

The Times reported that the alleged abuser, 82, lives in a coastal community in Cape Town surrounded by electric fences and security guards.

The former teacher – known by the pseudonym ‘Edgar’ – taught at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College.

Radio 5 host Nicky Campbell, 61, said last week he saw the teacher sexually assaulting a fellow classmate when they were both 10 years old.

The TV and radio presenter revealed last week he suffered and witnessed ‘horrific’ abuse as a child. 

Nicky Campbell spoke for the first time last week about witnessing and experiencing sexual and violent physical abuse as a young schoolboy at a Scottish private school during the 1970s

Nicky Campbell spoke for the first time last week about witnessing and experiencing sexual and violent physical abuse as a young schoolboy at a Scottish private school during the 1970s 

Dozens of other former students have accused ‘Edgar’ of abuse in the 1970s. The survivors say they have dealt with traumatic flashbacks, depression and poor health because of the abuse they suffered.

By contrast, the alleged paedophile is said to be living the remainder of his life in luxury, with a private swimming pool, sports clubs, a members-only bar and 24-hour healthcare.

Mr Campbell argued the abuser should be brought to justice in the UK.

He said: ‘He is clearly fit enough to be extradited and questioned.

‘That now needs to happen.’ 

He also claims that he thinks the teachers at his school, Edinburgh Academy, knew the abuse was going on given how prevalent and widespread it was known among the pupils.

Nicky Campbell as a ten-year-old schoolboy

Nicky Campbell as a ten-year-old schoolboy

Mr Campbell added: ‘They must have known what was going on those teachers because he was sent away for psychiatric treatment at one point. 

‘If you work it out throughout his 30-year career, the boys he must have abused and extrapolate and do the math, we’re talking 100s.’

When asked by TV presenter Naga Munchetty why it has not been spoken about until now, he said: ‘I don’t know why. Maybe we were protecting our parents, maybe because it was so ubiquitous we felt it was OK.’

The Times said it sent journalists to the alleged paedophile’s gated community, but ‘Edgar’ ordered security guards to keep them away.

When his wife would ask if he would respond to the allegations she said: ‘Not at all. Not at all.’ 

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard evidence on the alleged abuse committed by ‘Edgar’ as a teacher.

A paedophile school teacher allegedly molested dozens of school boys at Edinburgh Academy (pictured) in the 70s

A paedophile school teacher allegedly molested dozens of school boys at Edinburgh Academy (pictured) in the 70s

Alleged abuser 'Edgar' is reported to lived in a gated community in Cape Town (pictured)

Alleged abuser ‘Edgar’ is reported to lived in a gated community in Cape Town (pictured) 

The inquiry’s chair, judge Lady Smith, prevented the teacher and other alleged abusers who had not been convicted from being named.

The inquiry was told: ‘He abused in plain sight and in front of his class and, on some accounts, involving half of a class of 20.

‘Evidence suggests that he took advantage and engineered abuse whenever and wherever the mood took him.’

Fettes College made a ‘full and unreserved apology’ to abuse victims and paid £400,000 last year to a former student who was allegedly physically and sexually abused. 

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service did not comment on the Times article but said the case against ‘Edgar’ was active.  

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